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    <h2>What is the Great Wine Capitals global network?</h2>\r\n
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    <p>&ldquo;The <a href="https://www.greatwinecapitals.com/" target="_blank">Great Wine Capitals</a> is a network of major global cities in both the northern and southern hemispheres, which share a key economic and cultural asset: their <strong>internationally renowned wine regions</strong>.&rdquo; Founded in 1999, it is the only such Network to encompass the Old and New of wines. It aims to encourage travel, education and business exchanges between the prestigious wine regions of Mendoza in Argentina, Valpara&igrave;so in Chile, Bordeaux in France, Mainz Rheinhessen in Germany, Verona in Italy, Porto in Portugal, Cape Town in South Africa, Adelaide in Australia, Bilbao in Spain, Lausanne in Switzerland and San Francisco&rsquo;s Napa Valley in the US. Let&rsquo;s take a look at each capital in more detail&hellip;</p><h2>Which capitals are wine capitals?</h2>\r\n
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    <h3>Mendoza, Argentina</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Mendoza in <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/country-guide/cruises-to-argentina" target="_blank">Argentina</a> is the land of Sun and Wine. Situated at the heart of the Andes Mountain range, the province has more than 320 sunny days per year. It is the main wine producer and exporter in Argentina, with more than 150,000 hectares of vineyards. Malbec is the star of Mendoza Wines but other popular varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Valpara&igrave;so Casablanca Valley, Chile</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Valpara&igrave;so Casablanca Valley in <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/chile-and-peru" target="_blank">Chile</a> combines good wine and a heritage experience. Casablanca has become one of the most important valleys in the country thanks to its cool climate. Here, you can enjoy the best cool-climate wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Bordeaux, France</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Bordeaux is quite possibly the most famous wine capital in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage site is located in the southwest of <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/country-guide/cruises-to-france" target="_blank">France</a> which acts as a charming backdrop for a contemporary city. Bordeaux is a gateway to the most famous vineyards in the world and is the native home of grapes renowned the world over. While here, be sure to try Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Mainz Rheinhessen, Germany</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Bursting with culture and history, Mainz is renowned for its celebration of wine. Situated on the banks of the <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/rhine-river-cruises" target="_blank">Rhine River</a> in <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/country-guide/cruises-to-germany" target="_blank">Germany</a>, Mainz is peppered with quirky wine bars, cafes and boutiques. Rheinhessen is Germany&rsquo;s largest wine-growing region and is on the map for good reason. Sp&auml;tburgunder and Dornfelder are on the top of the reds list while Weinschorle is a popular white wine mixed with sparkling water.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Verona, Italy</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Steeped in more than 2,000 years of history, Verona is seriously impressive. But the Italian city has so much more to offer than its timeless love stories and stylish modern culture. The area is famous for its wide variety of wines like Valpolicella, Bardolino and Soave. Verona boasts 15 DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin) and 5 DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin) wines.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Porto, Portugal</h3>\r\n
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    <p><a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/country-guide/cruises-to-portugal" target="_blank">Portugal&rsquo;s</a> second-largest city, <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/porto" target="_blank">Porto</a> inspires with two formidable wine regions; Douro and Vinho Verde. Port Wine is the most prestigious and international of all Portuguese wines. Produced exclusively in the Alto Douro region which is described by UNESCO as a &ldquo;living and evolving cultural landscape of outstanding beauty,&rdquo; it is the first demarcated and regulated wine region in the world.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Cape Town Cape Winelands, South Africa</h3>\r\n
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    <p><a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/southern-africa" target="_blank">South Africa</a> is privy to a well-established wine network. Boasting some of the world&rsquo;s most bountiful vineyards, <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/cape-town" target="_blank">Cape Town</a> has a plethora of award-winning wines, all of which must be granted an export licence from the Wine &amp; Spirit Board at Nietvoorbij, Stellenbosch. Here, they undergo detailed tasting tests and chemical analysis before licenses are granted.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Adelaide, South Australia</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Adelaide in South <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/australia" target="_blank">Australia</a> is the gateway to 18 distinctive, world-renowned wine regions. Coined a &ldquo;wine innovation hub&rdquo; thanks to the National Wine Centre and Australia&rsquo;s leading viticultural education, research and development institutions, Adelaide is also home to a number of exciting, young, innovative winemakers.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Bilbao Rioja, Spain</h3>\r\n
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    <p>The industrial and cultural capital of northern <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/country-guide/cruises-to-spain" target="_blank">Spain</a>, <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/bilbao" target="_blank">Bilbao</a> is well-known for its innovative and cultural attractions. On both banks of the Ebro River sits the millennial wine region of Rioja. In the 19th-century it was discovered that Rioja could produce ready-to-drink wines with a great aptitude for ageing. Therefore, a glass of Rioja is a must when visiting Bilbao.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Lausanne, Switzerland</h3>\r\n
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    <p>What could be more spectacular than a wine region dominated by the spectacular view of the Alps? Lausanne in <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/country-guide/cruises-to-switzerland" target="_blank">Switzerland</a> has just that, with the bonus of mirror-like reflections in Lake Geneva. This very landscape plays an integral part in the Lausanne wine regions. Chasselas is the most abundantly grown grape here.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>San Francisco Napa Valley, United States of America</h3>\r\n
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    <p>The world-famous Napa Valley has so much to offer. Just an hour northeast of <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/san-francisco-1" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, the valley invites you to share, savour and discover. Due to the regions diverse soils, climate and topography, winemakers can produce a variety of consistent quality wines from a wide-ranging selection of grapes.</p>\r\n
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Here, you can enjoy the best cool-climate wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EBordeaux, France\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBordeaux is quite possibly the most famous wine capital in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage site is located in the southwest of \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/country-guide\/cruises-to-france\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EFrance\u003C\/a\u003E which acts as a charming backdrop for a contemporary city. Bordeaux is a gateway to the most famous vineyards in the world and is the native home of grapes renowned the world over. While here, be sure to try Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EMainz Rheinhessen, Germany\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EBursting with culture and history, Mainz is renowned for its celebration of wine. Situated on the banks of the \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/rhine-river-cruises\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ERhine River\u003C\/a\u003E in \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/country-guide\/cruises-to-germany\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EGermany\u003C\/a\u003E, Mainz is peppered with quirky wine bars, cafes and boutiques. Rheinhessen is Germany&rsquo;s largest wine-growing region and is on the map for good reason. Sp&auml;tburgunder and Dornfelder are on the top of the reds list while Weinschorle is a popular white wine mixed with sparkling water.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EVerona, Italy\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003ESteeped in more than 2,000 years of history, Verona is seriously impressive. But the Italian city has so much more to offer than its timeless love stories and stylish modern culture. The area is famous for its wide variety of wines like Valpolicella, Bardolino and Soave. Verona boasts 15 DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin) and 5 DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin) wines.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EPorto, Portugal\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/country-guide\/cruises-to-portugal\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EPortugal&rsquo;s\u003C\/a\u003E second-largest city, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/porto\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EPorto\u003C\/a\u003E inspires with two formidable wine regions; Douro and Vinho Verde. Port Wine is the most prestigious and international of all Portuguese wines. Produced exclusively in the Alto Douro region which is described by UNESCO as a &ldquo;living and evolving cultural landscape of outstanding beauty,&rdquo; it is the first demarcated and regulated wine region in the world.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003ECape Town Cape Winelands, South Africa\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/southern-africa\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ESouth Africa\u003C\/a\u003E is privy to a well-established wine network. Boasting some of the world&rsquo;s most bountiful vineyards, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/cape-town\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ECape Town\u003C\/a\u003E has a plethora of award-winning wines, all of which must be granted an export licence from the Wine &amp; Spirit Board at Nietvoorbij, Stellenbosch. Here, they undergo detailed tasting tests and chemical analysis before licenses are granted.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EAdelaide, South Australia\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAdelaide in South \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/australia\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EAustralia\u003C\/a\u003E is the gateway to 18 distinctive, world-renowned wine regions. Coined a &ldquo;wine innovation hub&rdquo; thanks to the National Wine Centre and Australia&rsquo;s leading viticultural education, research and development institutions, Adelaide is also home to a number of exciting, young, innovative winemakers.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EBilbao Rioja, Spain\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe industrial and cultural capital of northern \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/country-guide\/cruises-to-spain\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ESpain\u003C\/a\u003E, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/bilbao\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EBilbao\u003C\/a\u003E is well-known for its innovative and cultural attractions. On both banks of the Ebro River sits the millennial wine region of Rioja. In the 19th-century it was discovered that Rioja could produce ready-to-drink wines with a great aptitude for ageing. Therefore, a glass of Rioja is a must when visiting Bilbao.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003ELausanne, Switzerland\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EWhat could be more spectacular than a wine region dominated by the spectacular view of the Alps? Lausanne in \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/country-guide\/cruises-to-switzerland\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ESwitzerland\u003C\/a\u003E has just that, with the bonus of mirror-like reflections in Lake Geneva. This very landscape plays an integral part in the Lausanne wine regions. Chasselas is the most abundantly grown grape here.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003ESan Francisco Napa Valley, United States of America\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe world-famous Napa Valley has so much to offer. Just an hour northeast of \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/san-francisco-1\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ESan Francisco\u003C\/a\u003E, the valley invites you to share, savour and discover. Due to the regions diverse soils, climate and topography, winemakers can produce a variety of consistent quality wines from a wide-ranging selection of grapes.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca class=\"button\" href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-deals\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan style=\"color:#ffffff\"\u003ESee all featured cruise deals\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}],"settings":{"span":"12"}}]}]}],"navigation":[]}"
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